cover image Endangered: A Joe Pickett Novel

Endangered: A Joe Pickett Novel

C.J. Box, read by David Chandler. Recorded Books, , unabridged, 9 CDs, 10.5 hrs., $39.99 ISBN 978-1-4703-8195-0

The 15th novel to feature Joe Pickett (after Stone Cold) opens with the Wyoming game warden facing the apparently senseless slaughter of dozens of young sage grouse, a problem he quickly moves to the back burner when he’s told his 18-year-old adopted daughter, April, has been found beaten and left to die on a road near his hometown of Saddlestring. Narrator Chandler’s rendition of the book’s expository sections is precise and professionally delivered but unemotional to a fault, undercutting the vivid and propulsive quality of the author’s prose. However, when it comes to bringing the book’s characters to life, Chandler’s Broadway (Death of Salesman) and TV experience (Law and Order) kick in. The wheelchair-bound Sheriff Reed sounds thoughtful and just, a hard man to rile, while prosecutor Schawk is as tightly coiled as Box describes her. Providing Joe with a deep, leading man’s voice, Chandler takes it through a series of emotional changes, from love for his daughter and fear for her safety to full-out fury when he eventually confronts the book’s collection of truly monstrous villains. A Putnam hardcover. (May)